On April 27, the Preble County Art Association held our annual fundraiser, Bad Art, Good Folk in Eaton, Ohio. The event was a tremendous success with over 200 attendees raising over $80,000! Bad Art, Good Folk is a 4-month long competition between nine community leaders who are vying to raise the most money. They do this through votes (that cost $1 each) and by auctioning off a piece of artwork made by them under instruction by a professional artist. The winner of this year’s cast was Dan Schmidt, owner of Catron’s Glass and a local Farmer. Dan raised over $14,000, beating a record held by Dr. Matt Roberts of Preble County Chiropractic, Nutrition and Sports Injury Center who raised $11,000 in 2017. The 2019 cast included; Chelsea Sorrell (Prodigy Salon), Dan Schmidt (Catron’s Glass and Farmer), Elizabeth O’Hair (Somerville Bank), Eric Norton (Bullen Ultrasonics), Jeff Sewert (Village of Lewisburg), John Liddy (Timken Steel), Laura Thomas (Wares Chapel UMC), and Michelle Buckley (Prograde & Wonder-mom). The participants were divided into 3 teams led by Robert Coveney, Cheri Simon and Erin Abney. Team Cheri collectively raised over $43,000, the most ever raised by a team.
Bad Art, Good Folk began in 2015 to raise funds for the PCAA. Each year the event breaks its own fundraising records and continues to engage more folks in the region. Executive Director, Vicky Fanberg, believes “the event is the best at being a friend-raiser and an awareness tool. Funds raised support our programming, including education and outreach programs that serve youth, differently-abled populations, seniors and adults. We are fortunate to have such great support from a small community. Our engagement and our programs rival that oflarger communities in the region. It really is something to be proud of.” The money raised this year greatly exceeded expectations and the PCAA is still determining how funds will be used.
The Preble County Art Association is currently housed at 601 Hillcrest Dr. in Eaton but is expected to move to 207 E. Main St., downtown Eaton this summer. The PCAA serves the community through education, outreach and exhibits. Programs range from classes, workshops and creative entertainment to festivals like Arts Night Out, public art works and community events. To learn more about the PCAA visit www.preblearts.org